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Advent and Christmas in Courtenay

We invite you to join us on the journey of watching, waiting, and mystery in this year's Advent and Christmas seasons. No matter who you are, where you are in life, or the journey of faith, there's a place for you at St. George's. Come as you are, and join us as we wait and watch in joyous anticipation for Emmanuel—God with us—who is already at work in making all things new.

Advent and Christmas Services

  • November 27th: 1st Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am - Annual Soup and Bun lunch to follow
  • December 4th: 2nd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • December 5th: UCW Women’s Vesper’s Service 6:00pm
  • December 11th: 3rd Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am, Community Carol Service 4:00pm
  • December 18th: Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship 10:30am
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service 6:30pm
  • December 25th: Christmas Day Carols and Communion 10:30am
  • January 1st: First Sunday After Christmas Worship (with Carols) 10:30am

Advent Worship - Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, and 18 at 10:30am

The season of Advent, beginning with the four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting. In these services we await the coming of Christmas, yes. But we are also waiting for God’s healing, God’s mercy, and God’s justice, waiting and hoping for a creation renewed, redeemed, and restored for good. Children's church and childcare with stories, songs and crafts is provided.

Christmas Eve Service - December 24th at 6:30pm

Join us Christmas Eve for an informal family service, where we'll listen to the Christmas story with new ears so we might see the world again with new eyes. There will be plenty of carols, an ad-hoc pageant which all children will be invited to join in to, complete with candlelight singing.

Christmas Day Service - December 25th at 10:30am

Join us Christmas morning as we mark the day with a more intimate, contemplative service. There will be many carols and we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. Childcare won't be provided, but children are absolutely welcome to attend and participate.

The First Sunday of Christmas Epiphany Sunday (the Magi Visit) - January 1st 10:30am

Join us for the first Sunday after Christmas, where we'll celebrate the season with carols and other festivities. Children's church and childcare with stories, songs and crafts is provided.

About the season(s)

The season of Advent, beginning with the four Sundays before Christmas, marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting. We spend much of our lives waiting. Yet, as the people of Jesus, we find ourselves waiting for the coming of God in our lives, in our communities and in our world. We await God’s healing, God’s mercy, and God’s justice, waiting and hoping for a creation renewed, redeemed, and restored for good.

Christmas itself not only marks the birth of Jesus, and the coming of God in our midst. It also marks the beginning of our own continual rebirth. In Advent and Christmas, we are offered the gifts of Peace, Joy, Hope, and Love to guide us on our path as children of God, being re-made and growing in to God’s image each day, and experiencing the divine life here and now.

Summer Day Camp August 1-5, 2016

This Fun Daycamp, aimed at children from 5 years to 11 years, will feature music, games, storytelling, arts/crafts, and outdoor activities.   Cost is $50 for the program (5 days) - and bursaries are available.

August 1 - 5, 2016
9:00AM - 3:00PM

For more information, please contact Cathie Talbot Cathie's e-mail is HERE.

Download Registration Forms Below:
2016-Summer Day Camp Registration form-Comox.doc
2016-Summer Day Camp medical and photo waiver-Comox.doc
2016-Bursary application for Day Camps.doc

To register for this fun program, please contact the church by phoning 250-339-3966 or e-mailing: Comox United Church e-mail

No Worship at St. George's July 10, 17

We will be worshipping away from St. George's on Sunday July 10 and 17. There will be joint worship at Cumberland United (10:00am) on the 10th and Comox Valley Presbyterian (10:30am) on the 17th. We will return to worship on the 24th with a joint service at St. George's (10:30). We are looking forward to sharing this time with Comox and Cumberland United Churches, as well as Comox Valley Presbyterian!

We're Hiring: Lead Accompanist

We are a vibrant, open-hearted, community of faith seeking a dynamic, skilled pianist providing excellent musical accompaniment in worship and community activities. We are a community that is revitalizing and growing, and are seeking the right person to join our team and assist in deepening community’s connection and spiritual growth.

St. George's is an open-minded, fun, energetic, and encouraging place to work. In addition to wonderful working conditions, remuneration includes:

  • Monthly salary - $728 per month
  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • Additional honoraria for weddings, funerals, and special services

If you are passionate about music, spiritual connection, and making a difference in people's lives through song, we invite you to send your cover letter and resume to stgeorgeuc@shaw.ca or drop off a paper copy at 505 6th Street on or before July 31st.

Experience with sacred music an asset, but not required.

Start date: August 31st, 2016.
 

Click here for full position description.

Holy Week and Easter 2016

As we process through the Season of Lent, we also make our way to the central celebrations of the Christian year--those of Holy Week and Easter.

Holy Week is the last week of Lent. Beginning with Palm/Passion Sunday, it is the week that begins immediately to Easter Sunday. It is observed in many Christian churches as a time to commemorate and enact the suffering (Passion) and death of Jesus through observance and worship. Common observances include Maundy Thursday (the last supper), Good Friday (the crucifixion), and Holy Saturday (where Jesus lays in the tomb). 

Holy Week is important, especially in our own cultural context where Easter joy is celebrated, and often celebrated early (with Cadbury Easter eggs showing up as early as late February). Ours is a culture that often hides suffering, or seeks to escape it. While suffering is not a good thing, it is simply true that our world is filled with it, and that much of human life is touched by it. Whether personal, social, economic or environmental, it sits at the center of human existence.  It is important to place the hope and new life of the resurrection on Easter against the larger backdrop of death and endings as seen on the cross. Easter is figured as the divine answer not simply to the problem of death, but to the suffering of the world. It is only through walking under the shadows of darkness on Good Friday do we fully understand the light and hope of Easter Sunday.

This year, join us in the season of death and new life. For Holy Week, St. George's will be celebrating services on Palm/Passion Sunday, and a joint Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services with Comox United Church, Cumberland United Church, and Comox Presbyterian Church (for Good Friday). For Easter, we will be celebrating an Easter Sunrise service (with Comox United at Goose Spit) early morning, and Easter Sunday worship on Easter Day.

Schedule of Holy Week/Easter Services 2016

Palm/Passion Sunday March 20th 10:30am at St. George’s United Church
Maundy Thursday March 24th 5:30pm at Comox United Church
Good Friday March 25th 10:30am Joint Service at St. George’s United Church
Easter Sunrise Sunday March 27th 6:30am Joint Service at Goose Spit
Easter Sunday March 27th 10:30am at St. George’s United Church